Ezekiel 2:3
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3  He said to me, “O mortal, I am sending you to the people of Yisrael, that nation of rebels, who have rebelled against Me.—They as well as their fathers have defied Me to this very day;

va-YO-mer ay-LAI ben a-DAM sho-LAY-akh a-NEE o-t’-KHA el b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL el go-YIM ha-mo-r’-DEEM a-SHER ma-r’-du VEE HAY-mah va-a-vo-TAM PA-sh’-u VEE ad E-tzem ha-YOM ha-ZEH

ג  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן־אָדָם שׁוֹלֵחַ אֲנִי אוֹתְךָ אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־גּוֹיִם הַמּוֹרְדִים אֲשֶׁר מָרְדוּ־בִי הֵמָּה וַאֲבוֹתָם פָּשְׁעוּ בִי עַד־עֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה׃

 2:3   ‘O mortal, I am sending you to the people of Yisrael

Yechezkel is addressed with the term ben adam (בן אדם) ninety-three times in his book. This expression literally means ‘son of man,’ and is translated here as ‘mortal’.  This designation alludes to both his humility and mortality, but also to all of mankind’s role at God’s side in improving the world, as alluded to in Tehillim (80:18). As such, Yechezkel’s messages are intended both for Israel and for the nations. While his message is specific to Israel, the truths it contains are meant for the betterment of all mankind.

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  • What a responsibilty for Ezekiel to have, to write the words plainly, to write obediently, to be precise and trustworthy to write the word of G-d. How the words of this book have echoed down the ages too, and many of us waiting for what G-d revealed to Ezekiel to be revealed to us as well.

    • Beside this, he also was called son of man 93 times. What humility he had. Ezekiel was so faithful, he never saw himself as special and HaShem reminded him so many times of his mortality. He saw what others have not yet it humbles him. Do you ever wonder what it would be like to experience such visions, receive such messages and yet silent until HaShem says to speak.

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